On their captivating debut single, Avery Leigh’s Night Palace step into a unique world that is hard to pin down and impossible to get bored of. The band is the creation of Athens’ own Avery Leigh Draut, a musician with a long list of credits and collaborations that includes everything from symphony orchestras to Jo Lampert of tUnE-yArDs. After several years of recording and touring, Draut and company have settled down to release their first single, which we’re excited to premiere here today.
“Into the Wake, Mystified” will bring to mind everything from dream pop favorites like Chromatics and Alvvays to Illinois-era Sufjan. They have great command over these different sounds, deploying them smoothly and effectively, while Draut’s strong melodies buoy the song as it goes through structural and sonic twists.
Draut says she rewrote the lyrics the night of finalizing her vocals, changing a letter to an ex into a tale of spectral romance. This lyrical immediacy and impulse combined with such thoughtful arranging gives the song intimacy and scale in equal measures. With this first release, Avery Leigh’s Night Palace have started on a journey that will be a thrill to follow.
Take a listen for yourself: